Article

UFC FIT: Banana Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

Kill your sweet-tooth cravings while providing energy for hours of hard work with this snack from the UFC FIT system. Try it in place of dessert.
Ingredients:
1 banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or almond milk
2 Tbsp. carob nibs
1/4 cup almond butter
1 cup ice
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp. water

Directions:
Blend together and enjoy!

(Gluten-free, vegan) Serves 1-2.

The good stuff
See why just one glass does so much for your body
The simple carbohydrates in a banana are fast acting and can be used as an immediate source of energy or to replenish lost glycogen following a workout. Glycogen is the main storage form of glucose.

Strawberries
contain antioxidants, which protect cells from free-radical damage caused by aging, stress, poor diet and our environment. Antioxidants are most prevalent in naturally colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange and yellow hues.

Almond milk
is lactose- and cholesterol-free, low in carbohydrates and packed with vitamins and essential nutrients including magnesium, potassium and Vitamin E. It also is low in sugar and contains zero saturated fats.

Complete proteins like those found in yogurt contain all nine essential amino acids that our body is unable to produce. Therefore, we must find them in food.

Essential fats
, like those found in flaxseed, are necessary because our body does not create them. They play a crucial role in brain function and reducing inflammation. They also increase the health of skin and hair and regulate the metabolism.

Get more recipes and a full 12-week fitness plan at UFC FIT.

Media

Recent
Octagon photos from the seventh episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3.
19/04/2014
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold braces to meet Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch at UFC 172 in Baltimore. Follow as Countdown takes you behind the scenes before the big event.
17/04/2014
National wrestling champion Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis welcomes win-streaking Anthony "Rumble" Johnson back to the Octagon in Johnson's newly adopted weight class. Watch them go head-to-head at UFC 172 on April 26.
17/04/2014
Countdown takes you behind the scenes before UFC 172 as four of the best light heavyweights in the world prepare for a night that will reshape the division. Dominant champion Jon Jones prepares to face Glover Teixeira, his most dangerous threat to date.
17/04/2014